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Greek Town Chicago, Halsted Street

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  1. Special Prosecutor Biloxi said...
    Okay, so that is Greek Town.. So, is that town strictly has Greek food only?? I notice the pic of the bakery and cafe.. From the second pic, is that a jazz club? Now, we have a Chinatown and a Koreatown but not a Greek town. I have to drive at least 1 hour and and half to find a Greek town.. Sounds like Chicago is very cultural. That is why I like to go to New York City a lot....
    Third Generation Chicago Native said...
    It is about a two block area on Halsted that is wall to wall Greek Restaurants. I had a hard time taking a picture at night. There is Costos, and Greek Islands on either end of the strip. And yes Greek food, Greek theme etc. Further South on Halsted is Little Italy, I don't care for Italian food so I don't go there.
    Special Prosecutor Biloxi said...
    I saw your new pic of the nail salon. I should tell my gf that because she loves getting her nails done. And they do valet parking? That would spoil her! LOL!

    You mention about little Italy. Is the Italian food really authetic? Now, I have had real authetic Italian pizza and wine. The pizza has a different taste than Pizza Hut or Dominos Pizza.

    And where are the soul food places located? Just curious..
    Third Generation Chicago Native said...
    Soul Food is Southeast, on Vincens Ave. That is way East of Greek Town, and South.
    I don't like Italian Food so I can't answer the Italian Food question. But Little Italy is where the Italians first settled when they came to Chicago, supposidly it is authentic.
    Pilsen is a neighborhood further south (well actually Cook County Jail and Criminal Courthouse is there) it was named Pilsen after the capital of Czechoslovakia and it was just that at one time, now it is a Puerto Rican/Mexican Neighborhood. And well now it is the Czech Republic and Slovakia. But at one time it had all authentic Czechoslovakian everything.
    Vallet parking for the bigger restaurants only. You can exit the orange line at Halsted and take the Halsted #8 bus right in front of that terminal that brings you right to Greek town, catch the same bus back to the "El" terminal. My car sits in my garage a lot, especially in the winter when there are just ruts to drive in....and forget parking...if you shovel out in front of your house you must put up old chairs etc. Also the cops here are good at issueing tickets, I think it is a big source of revenue, and parking is expensive and hard to find. Transit is really good here.
    Special Prosecutor Biloxi said...
    Thanks for insight to where the location of soul food restaurants. I didn't know that you didn't like Italian food. I like Italian because I live in an area in my childhood with Italians. So, I lived on the pizza, pasta, garlic bread etc. But, I have cut out a lot of pizza and pasta to a miminum. And I don't prefer Indian food or too much spicy food..

    Regarding valet parking in your area for bigger restaurants, my area has valet parking in the downtown area.. In fact, it is hard to park downtown area. Like your area, officer love giving out parking tickets. Parking is expensive? So, it is in my parts in my area.. Months ago, I went to a Home Improvement expo and I was shocked at how much I ad to pay for parking. And you can't park on the streets. All of the states are hurting in revenue.

    Can you ask you a question? What is the "El" terminal? We have the blue and red line and the metrolink that takes people into the downtown area to work.
    Special Prosecutor Biloxi said...
    Third Generation Chicago Native said...
    The "El" is short for Elevated and that is an El stop, or a station where it is attended,by CTA employees, with machines to charge up your transit cards. Some of our El's go underground, but we still call them El's
    Third Generation Chicago Native said...
    Oh ya we have I-PASS, which is used for tolls up here it automatically deducts tolls, if you pay cash you pay double for tolls. Supposidly they work in some other states that Illinois has an agreement with.

    As you can see I may use terms like El, where someplaces call it the subway system, but when people talk about the El or El train it is the electric cars, which also go down into the subway. Looks like you are somewhere warm.
    Anyhow most who grew up in the city don't drive in the city. The terminals are where buses make connections to El stops, they even pull right into them, door service, from bus to El, or visa versa. Yes they have Greek Music there, not jazz.
    Just North of Greek Town on Halsted is where Chicago's gay and lesbian community are. The gay and lesbian parade each year goes down Halsted there. That is one parade I have never attended.
    Special Prosecutor Biloxi said...
    Yes, it is warm where I am at. It was 90 degrees..The weather is supposed the drop this week. But, many people that I know are sick or coming down with the flu. One minute hot and one minute is cool. I-Pass? The city are trying to encourage people to buy the PASS rather than pay cash. That is what many of the cities are doing in my area for a bus pass or a Metrolink pass. NJ has now a EZ-Pass to take the parkway..

    Thanks for the explanation of the El. It did sound like a subway which I am familiar of taking in NY. I heard that the El is not neccesary underground...
    Special Prosecutor Biloxi said...
    I wanted to ask you. Since you mention the South Side of Chicago where you are at, which part of South Side have the high crime rate. When Chicago is mention in the media, the media only mention some of the crimes. In my area, we have less crimes but over in another area has a higher crime and more sex offenders that move in that area...

    Good chatting with you tonight. I am signing off the computer. I was on Saturday evening into early Sunday morning at 3:30 am writing an article. So, I just finished with it a hour ago..So, I check back on your blog sometime in the afternoon. I have a busy schedule tomorrow. Enjoy your evening. Good night!
    Third Generation Chicago Native said...
    I have been on the South side so long I know most of the people. We are trying to get my Mom to move after she retires next year, she is a little further South and her neighborhood has a lot more incidents. The I-PASS is the Illinois Pass if you will, it deduct tolls, there is a windshield verson or a bolt on to the front of your licence plates version. We have the new "Open Road Tolling" which was Blagojevich's claim to fame, he had it on his campaign ads. This is where with I-Pass you can fly right through under the sensors, and people paying cash, and double would be diverted off the tollway to pay at special lanes.
    All Jewel grocery stores (the biggest grocery chain in Chicago & Chicagoland) sell I-Pass units & CTA passes. CTA is Chicago Transit Authority.
    I have a Chicago Transit card that all I have to do is use the touch pad on the CTA entrace, or bus and never have to take it out of my purse, works like the I-PASS for CTA.
    Further South & East of me is where there is more crime. But you have to be alert at all times, cross the street if you have to to avoid some people, etc. When I am by myself late at night I sit in the El car with the driver, or front of the bus. And when walking I am always looking around.
    As far as alley's you have to watch out for these people who think they can let their dog out in the alley without a leash. Ya, I used to run in the alley's early morning, met up with too many dogs and had run the streets, around a church, school or park.
    Special Prosecutor Biloxi said...
    The CTA passes sound similar to the MTA in my area. MTA stands for Metro Transit Authority. And the open raod tolling sounds like the toll road in my area. Sure, we have toll road. Because the price is so high for the monthly pass, there is still more headaches on the freeway.. I don't own a bus pass or a MTA pass because where I drive to and from everyday is needed.. I used to take the bus many years ago and gotten to know the bus drivers.. Between a bus pass, MTA pass and put gas in my car, everything is expensive.. I just came back from an area that took about 2 hours to get to and the gas prices are much higher over there than where I live...

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